I was born in...well, a while back. I and spent most of my early years growing up on my Grandad's farm in Donegal, Ireland. The farm was in the middle of nowhere, the closest town over 10 miles away down a country track.
We didn't have running water, so every morning old Willie Lyons would get on his bike with a bucket on each handlebar as he rode up the hill to fill them from the spring. Not a tap, a real genuine mountain spring.
Over the years I spent every summer there, exploring the surrounding countryside. Even back then I used to imagine faeries and monsters, with the trolls always living under the bridge on the way up to the spring. Willie was getting old now, so I fetched the water.
My Grandad is long gone now, but the farm is still there. I still know the owners and I still take my kids out there from time to time. The roads haven't got much better, but it's worth it to walk the old fields again and show them where I played as a boy.
My first proper job was building aircraft with a company called Shorts Brothers in Belfast. I then went on to join the Royal Air Force. I always joke that my first job was building planes but my second was shooting them down.
I travelled a fair bit with the RAF, but now I'm back on civvy street, living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with my wife, two girls and a dog.
I started writing when my youngest daughter informed me that she was getting too old for bedtime stories. You see, I'd been making up a different one each night for both of them for years. I was devastated. What was I to do with all this nonsense in my head?
So I began to write.
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